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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Kath Abela Wilson
Pasadena, California, USA

Taking Over

The click of the door in the front hallway somehow had a feeling of finality and echoed through our wooden home. My dad's leaving was subtle. There were no arguments. His gentle mother-in-law, my nana, lived with us and wept when she heard it. Five children, the youngest was three. My mother went upstairs and closed the bedroom door. I heard her pacing in circles above my head from the living room couch. It all happened so quickly. I knocked on her door. Dressed in blue, she led me inside to the closet.

her red shoes
I'll never use them again
she sighed
they're for you
to wear now



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